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“Excellent hiking”

Garland Ranch Regional Park
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Owner description: Garland Ranch Regional Park is the “granddaddy”' of the MPRPD properties, representing the District's first parkland acquisition. The park was purchased in 1975 from William Garland II, who generously gifted a portion of the cost by reducing the purchase price to below fair market value. An eminent southern California community leader, Mr. Garland spent many summers with his family on the "ranch". This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply. Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. Garzas Creek gently bisects the park and provides a peaceful, shaded trail that reaches a secluded side canyon of redwoods. The park is also home to a wide variety of insects, birds, plants and animals, descendants of the first residents. Species lists of common birds, mammals, and plants are available at the Visitor Center or the District Museum, both located in the park. Throughout the park there are reminders of Carmel Valley's past: Rumsen Indian habitation sites; homestead, hunting and logging remains; livestock trails, ponds and springs; and Rancho Don Juan.There is a ranger/volunteer staff to help you enjoy your visit. The District provides both in-class environmental education programs and outdoor interpretive hikes and other events for all ages.Day use activities include hiking, photography, horseback riding, jogging, walking, bird watching, painting and simple solitude, and limited mountain bike riding in the Cooper Ranch area. A small visitor center is located at Garland and staffed by volunteers.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Many trail options from easy to strenuous. 2 other entrances farther out the valley to other karts of the park are worth exploring.

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Beautiful place to hike, or stroll. Lovely stream, dramatic mountains, green and plush! The weather is much warmer than the beach so if you are looking for sunshine this is the place.

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Reviewed 25 February 2014

What we love about Garland is there is a hike for everyone - no matter what your ability. You can do an almost completely flat walk around the floor of the park (Lupine Loop or Rancho Loop), or you can hike all the way up to the fire tower for a great workout. We usually hiked to the top of the peak, but not all the way to the tower (we headed in that direction twice, but never made it all the way due to the narrow trails and a dog we were afraid might jump off the cliff). We would take Maple Canyon to Fern or Sage, then up to Sky to get to the top, then walk down Snively's Ridge and stop at the Mesa for water (there is a drinking fountain there - one for humans and one for animals). The weather here is almost always perfect and the view from the top is out of this world (you can see over Laureles Grade!). There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the visitor's center as well. I've ridden my horse here, and when we hike we almost always bring our dog. Bikes are also allowed. But, what is so cool, is that certain trails are designated no bikes, others no horses, etc. I always appreciated that.

1  Thank WorldsRoyster
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

This is a very nice park with a great visitors center where you can pick up a trail map and get tips from a docent. Trails for everyone-from easy to very challenging. All very picturesque, as well as dog friendly. When there is water, nice little falls and pond. Not now, however.

Thank iodoggie
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Weather you enjoy sitting and watching the river drift by, take a casual hike to magnificent Valley Vistas or challenge yourself to a demanding hike to the top of the ridge, you will love Garland. It is the locals favorite.

1  Thank pjdowd
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